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Park History

Ann Daly moved from Quartzberg, Idaho to Boise, in 1903 when she was 16 years old. After graduating from high school, she became a secretary at the Capitol. In 1914, she met and married Harry Morrison, co-founder of the Morrison-Knudsen Company, with whom she traveled the world, visiting the company's construction projects and garnering her the nickname of "First Lady of Construction."

 

Ann died of leukemia in 1957. Shortly thereafter, Harry bought 153 acres south of the Boise River between Capital Boulevard and Americana Boulevard where Ann Morrison Memorial Park came to fruition. For Mr. Morrison, the park was an “enduring expression of a tender and revered memory,” created for his beloved wife of 43 years—and a gift to the community she called home. Once completed, Harry gave the  park to the City of Boise on June 7, 1959.


For more details about Ann Daly Morrison's exciting life watch the video linked here and  find a copy of Those Were the Days: Diary of Ann Morrison (©1951).

Picture on this page are complements of Special Collections and Archives, Boise State University